Today, female athletes are making huge sums of money from their respective sports as well as brand endorsements, for which they are roped to cash on their popularity around the world. In fact, they are not far behind their male counterparts in terms of earnings.
Here is a list of world’s 10 highest paid female athletes in 2015:
10. Paula Creamer
Paula Creamer, the 28 year old US based golf player, makes it among the 10 highest paid female athletes in the world. Till date, she has been victorious in 12 tournaments, including 10 prestigious LPGA Tour events and has been n the highest rank of number 2. Her annual earnings amount to $ 5.5 million.
9. Agnieszka Radwanska
Agnieszka Radwanska is a well known tennis player from Poland, who is currently ranked at number 13 in WTA Rankings. The brilliant player has bagged a total of 14 singles titles till now and makes the annual earnings of $ 6.8 million, making her one of the highest paid in the world.
8. Ana Ivanovic
Next on this list is Ana Ivanovic, again a pro tennis player. She hails from Serbia and has an annual income of $ 7.4 million. Currently, Ana is the number 7 ranked player in the world and has held the number 1 ranking in 2008, when she was the winner of the French Open.
7. Caroline Wozniacki
The Danish tennis star, Caroline Wozniacki, is the seventh highest paid female athlete in 2015, with the annual earnings of $ 10 million. She has held the WTA number 1 ranking for 67 weeks, which is the highlight of her career.
6. Victoria Azareka
Featuring next on the list of world’s 10 highest paid female athletes in 2015 is yet another professional tennis player, Victortia Azarenka from Belarus. Besides a whopping annual income figure of $ 11 million, this great performer has several achievements to her credit, including two Australian Open singles titles, a bronze medal at 2012 Summer Olympics and a gold medal in mixed doubles at the same event.
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5. Danica Patrick
The US auto racing athlete, Danica Parker comes next on this list with the annual earning figure of $ 15 million. She has made a great name for herself in this male dominate forte and is considered as the most successful woman in the history of this sport in America.
4. Kim Yuna
Kim Yuna, the famous figure skater from South Korea, is another name among the highest paid female athletes in the world in 2015. She has won the South Korean National Championship for six times, besides being the Olympic Champion in 2010 and bagging the silver medal in the 2014 Olympics, her annual earning figure touches $ 16 million.
3. Serena Williams
Serena Williams is the American tennis player who sits proudly on the world number 1 position. She is also the current defending champion if US Open, Australian Open, French Open and WTA Tour Championship, besides being the Olympic champion too. This legendary player has an annual income of $ 22 million.
2. Li Na
Next on the list of world’s 10 highest paid female athletes is another tennis player, Li Na from China, which has now retired from the game after facing a chronic knee injury. However, she has had an illustrious career, reaching a career high rank of number 2 on WTA ranking. The athlete has the annual earning figure of $ 23 million.
1. Maria Sharapova
When we talk about the highest paid female sportswomen, Maria Sharapova, the gorgeous tennis star from Russia, comes up as the undisputed reigning queen. Her annual earnings from the sport and brand endorsements measure up to an incredible $ 24 million.
All these successful and talented female athletes have proved that women are no less than men when it comes to making money in their careers.